Reese Witherspoon wouldn’t be our first pick for a celebrity fantasy. There are far too many other sexy blondes in the business, not to mention the non-blondes that outrank her on our list, but she still scores pretty high for being somewhat on the plain side of beauty. And that’s not to say that Reese doesn’t make us drool on occasion, but she just doesn’t have that same sparkle that some of our other celebrity babes are known for. Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1976, Reese was born into a family of doctors, and was even expected to become one after she was exposed to the entertainment industry. Reese became a child model at the age of seven and began appearing in TV commercials shortly after. Reese continued to build upon her television career with small made-for-TV movies, but in 1994 she decided to put acting on hold while she attended Stanford University.
Following graduation, Reese accepted offers to appear in two mainstream features (“Fear” and “Highway”), but it wasn’t until her role in “Pleasantville” that she began to garner serious critical attention. The film enjoyed mediocre success at the box office, but its two young stars (Reese and Tobey Maguire) were instantly given a boost in their careers. Reese quickly became a hot commodity in Young Hollywood with two more hits, Alexander Payne’s high school satire “Election” and the young adult thriller “Cruel Intentions,” where Reese also met future husband Ryan Phillippe. Reese was quickly becoming one of the most talked about upcoming actresses in the industry, and in 2001, she solidified that statement with her starring role in the summer blockbuster comedy “Legally Blonde.” Reese’s star has truly risen since the film became the biggest girl power-themed movie since “Clueless” (and no, “Spice World” doesn’t count), but she has taken a much deserved break from the big screen these past two years to spend time with her new baby boy, Deacon. Look for Reese to make up some time in the next few years as she proves that she’s still one of the biggest female stars under 30.
Reese Witherspoon on the Web
An online database of Reese's movie and television career.
TV Guide: Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide
A link-infested actor's page with a nice selection of red carpet photos.
Glamour Reese Witherspoon
An awesome fan site updated seven days a week, with access to news, picture galleries, and video clips.
A decent picture page with five galleries.
All About Reese
Another great fan page with updated news, interviews, quotes, trivia and more.
One of our favorite sites. Includes over 500 pictures, 125 videos, and fun extras.
Slice of the Day
Nine galleries of Reese looking her absolute sexiest.
Reese Witherspoon on the Screen
Reese has become a pretty familiar face on the big screen as of late, thanks mostly to her breakthrough performances in "Pleasantville" and "Cruel Intentions." Reese further increased her stock with standout performances in the satires "Election" and "American Psycho" before starring in the summer comedy "Legally Blonde." Since then, Reese has been fairly picky with what roles she has chosen, but has remained a major player in romantic comedies, and even guest starred as Jennifer Aniston's sister on two episodes of "Friends." Reese snagged an Oscar for her performance in the musical biopic of singer/songwriter Johnny Cash, "Walk the Line."
Reese can currently be seen in the new action comedy "This Means War" alongside Tom Hardy and Chris Pine. Next up for the actress is the crime thriller "Devil's Knot," Jeff Nicols' new film "Mud," and the Margaret Keane biopic, "Big Eyes."
On being labeled a dumb blonde:
"Being a Southern person and a blonde, it's not a good combination. Immediately, when people meet you, they think of you as not being smart."
"If acting didn't work out for me, I could be a professional trampolinist."